Gardening 101 Classes

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Upcoming VGSD Classes

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Wild Willow Farm Classes

Introduction to Small-scale
Regenerative Farming

Six-week Course

March 25 to May 6

Classes Wednesdays 7-9pm in South Park
Labs Saturdays 9am to 4pm at WWF

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
San Diego, California 92154.
One-mile north of the Mexican border, three miles from the Pacific Ocean.
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Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

This six-week, two-day-per-week course is offered several times each year. With a horticultural and practical focus, students learn about soil fertility; tool use; till and no-till strategies; composting; sowing and transplanting; principles of irrigation; and pests, pathogens and beneficials. The last class is a discussion about building farm resiliency and a farm's relationship to many systems we must interact with: governmental, social, commercial, educational and regulatory. Classes are held in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego (near 30th & Juniper) on Wednesday evenings, with field classes and labs at Wild Willow Farm on Saturdays. This course is a prerequisite to becoming a Tier 1 Farming Student.

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Learn to Grow Food at Home!

Want to learn how easy it is to grow fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables in your own yard?

Gardening 101 Vegetable Gardening
Gardening 201 Container Gardening
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Gardening 101 Vegetable Gardening

3-part class, one day/week for 3 weeks (4 hours)

Our signature program is a three-part class offering hands-on instruction that teaches fundamental concepts for growing food where you live. The classes are given throughout the year at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
Irrigation
Composting
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

Upcoming Classes are posted on the right.


Gardening 201 Container Gardening

One three-hour class

Don't have a yard? Not to worry! You might have a window or a balcony you can use instead. This class covers what you need to know to successfully grow food in containers!

You will learn about keeping plants healthy in a container, what you can use as a container, and how to create a plan for the space you have. Come join us and learn how to start a garden on your balcony or small yard space.

Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

Upcoming Classes are posted on the right.

Host VGSD Gardening 101 Classes

If you'd like your home, church, business or organizational space to host a three-week VGSD Gardening 101 class series, please apply.

Here's what we need for your site to be considered:

If you wish to be considered, please fill out our application. You will be contacted and ask to send photos or supply further information.

Victory Gardens San Diego

Helping people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, hands-on garden education and community outreach.

VGSD is a program of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and works hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups to further our mission.

VGSD Values:

Since our inception in March of 2009, VGSD has helped many new gardeners develop almost 100 home, community, school and organizational gardens. These activities have involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer service hours to help San Diegans create a healthier, more local food system.


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Class sizes are limited. Enroll early to ensure your participation . If PayPal won't take your payment, the class is full. Once we've received your class fees, we'll notify you of acceptance into the class and send you further class details including location.


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Registration closes one day before the class. Enroll early to ensure your participation. Maximum class size is 18. After you've registered, we'll notify you within a few days of acceptance into the class and send you location and other class details. Please be patient.

Cancelation-Refund policy: Full refund, less $10 administrative fee, if you cancel up to five days before the date of the first class; fee increases to $25 for cancellations between 1 and 5 days before class starts; and no refund if you cancel day of first class or for any missed classes.